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Study: gargling no help for laryngitis.

Study: Gargling No Help for Laryngitis

Gargling for a sore throat and laryngitis is an ineffective home remedy, claims Robert J. Feder, M.D. He performed x-ray studies of the throats of 15 men and women after they gargled with meglumine diatrizoate. In all subjects, the fluid never reached the larynx, and gargling actually increased throat irritation, he said. Dr. Feder offered these alternative:

* Use a steam vaporizer for 5 minutes to

moisten the pharynx and larynx.

* Drink plenty of tepid water to keep the

throat moist; avoid cold water or ice,

which constrict the vocal cords.

* Talk, don't whisper - it strains the vocal


* Suck on glycerin-based honey, wild cherry,

or black currant lozenges; mint and

menthol flavors dry throat tissues.

* Don't clear the throat - it also irritates

throat tissues.

Dr. Feder is assistant professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Sep 22, 1990
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